Pastoral Farming

Using EM will improve crop and pasture yields and enhance fertiliser performance. 

The applications in pasture are centred around improving your biggest asset….your soil. 

EM works by getting the natural processes to function, the way nature intended by stimulating biological activity in the soil and plant. EM will enhance soil and pasture performance through:

  • Solubilising nutrient compounds for uptake by the plants root system
  • Converting dead and organic matter for increased biology and fertility
  • Producing growth promoting substances that increase plant production
  • Suppressing harmful pathogens
  • Increasing carbon and nitrogen fixation
  • Stimulating mychorrizal activity and earthworm
  • Increasing nutrient uptake in pasture
  • Improving photosynthesis of plants

Therefore you will see gains in: yield, fertility and soil structure. Read more about what EM does in your soil.

A healthy soil and stimulated biological activity help build stable aggregate and soil structure.  increased aggregate stability prevents the pore spaces between the aggregates from collapsing during heavy, saturating rains and reduces compaction. 

Improving Yields

EM works firstly through effective organic matter recycling which builds humus, the food for your soil and plants. It will also enhance fertiliser and nutrient breakdown in the soil and uptake by plants, will give improvements in nitrogen fixation and stimulate micorrhyzal activity. 

This has two main functions, firstly it creates better growing conditions and this leads to a stronger healthier plant. Secondly it provides competitive exclusion, which means that it out-competes pathogens for space, by inoculating the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes. The cumulative effect of all of these functions is a higher yielding crop. 

The graphs on the right show the impact EM can have on yield. 

Pasture Renovation

The below picture illustrates a trial we ran with a farmer showing the effectiveness of EM in pasture renovation. The farmer used a double spray technique with roundup to kill old pasture and then direct drilled new pasture. EM was combined with the Roundup spray at 10 Litres/Ha of EM Ready to Use (RTU). The farmer did one block with EM and one without and the below photos were taken 3 months after emergence. 

 

Improved Root Structure

This was shows the difference between a paddock of clover treated with EM and one without. The main differences and the improved root structure and many nodules on the treated paddock. There was also a much better breakdown of organic matter in the soil . 
 

Key applications for Pastoral farming 

  • For large scale use we recommend using our EM Ready to Use product.
  • This is our expanded product and is the most cost effective way to use EM. It can cost as low as $1 per litre for more details contact EMNZ
  • We recommend using 15-20L per hectare when using EM by itself or 10L per hectare when used in conjunction with other nutrients.

Also see publication ref. "Innovative use and adaption of a microbial technology (EM) for large scale vegetable, arable and stock production on an organic farm in Canterbury, New Zealand."

A test was done on the height of barley when using regular control versus control mixed with EM

Low Cost Bio-Stimulant

For large scale use we recommend using our EM Soil and Crop product. This is our expanded ready to use product and is the most cost effective way to use EM. It can cost as low as $2 per litre depending on volume purchased (please contact us for volumes in excess of 200 litres). We recommend using 15-20L per hectare when using EM by itself or 5-10L per hectare when used in conjunction with other nutrients.

Please contact us for more information on how to make EM as cost effective as possible.

Relevant News Articles

Secondary Metabolites: What are they and how they can impact your Soil

11 June 2020

The ability for microorganisms to produce and release various metabolites stimulating plant growth and favourable health is considered to an important factor in soil fertility.

How Soil Microbes Influence our Health

11 June 2020

Until more recently than most agricultural experts would like to admit, we thought of the soil as nothing more than a matrix to hold plants and minerals. But due to a few ground-breaking scientists, like EM founder Prof Dr Terou Higa, we have a better understanding of the bacteria and fungi that make up our microbiome, leading to breakthroughs in soil science. These breakthroughs have shown us

How EM can boost your Growing System in Autumn

18 March 2020

As we enter autumn there are a whole host of ways EM can be used to enhance your soil and boost performance in crops and pasture. It is a great time to give your soil a bit of TLC, whether you are planting autumn crops, breaking down crop residues, looking to boost your soil or help it recover or looking to enhance an existing crop, EM can help.

The Prominent Role of Lactic Acid Bacteria in Agriculture and EM

17 March 2020

Lactobacilli or Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) are found in the gut and on the skin of all living organisms. They are found in every soil and on every leaf surface. Their abundance signals their importance. Ferments containing lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been used for decades in agricultural systems to improve soils, control disease and promote plant growth.

The Importance of Photosynthetic Bacteria

1 November 2019

One of the major groups of Beneficial’s in EM includes a unique group of photosynthesising bacteria often referred to as Photosynthetic bacteria or Purple Non-Sulfur Bacteria (PNSB). These organisms can operate on the phyllosphere (leaf surface) and the rhizosphere (area around the roots).

The Effect of the Soils Bulk Density

2 September 2019

A soils bulk density plays a huge role in determining the effectiveness of the soil and the future productivity of a farming operation. Bulk density reflects the soil’s ability to function for structural support, water and nutrient and microbial life movement, and soil aeration. In NZ many farms have seen there soils bulk densities increase over time decreasing soil productivity

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